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Thu June 24 2010 12:47:38

Alibaba.com Acquires eBay Service Provider Vendio

By: Ina Steiner

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Alibaba has acquired Vendio (formerly AuctionWatch). Alibaba will integrate AliExpress and Vendio ecommerce services into a complete solution for small business.

Here's the reason Alibaba gives in its press release:

- To gain access to more than 80,000 targeted small businesses in the U.S. with potential sourcing needs from suppliers on Alibaba.com's sourcing platform and AliExpress (www.aliexpress.com), a wholesale transaction platform operated by Alibaba.com.

- To provide access to ecommerce storefronts and multi-channel selling services for AliExpress customers looking to reach consumers online through the Vendio Platform.

The acquisition is part of the $100 million investment plan for AliExpress that Alibaba.com announced in April 2010. The deal is expected to close in July 2010.

After the closing, Vendio will become a new business unit within Alibaba.com and will retain its own brand name and operations. Mike Effle, current Vendio COO, will assume the role of the Vendio CEO and Rodrigo Sales, current Vendio CEO, will become a strategic advisor to the company.

Rodrigo Sales became involved with Vendio in 1998 when he was 24 years old. Originally it wanted to be a portal to the world of online auctions, but became a listing tool for eBay sellers. While it expanded the channels that it served over the years, including Amazon.com and offering storefronts for sellers, it relies a lot on the eBay marketplace.

I'll be speaking to Alibaba and Vendio shortly.

Link to press release.

Link to FAQs on Vendio.




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Alibaba.com Acquires eBay Service Provider Vendio   Alibaba.com Acquires eBay Service Provider Vendio

by: Pat

Thu Jun 24 13:16:18 2010

So as I understand it, Vendio users will be able to source directly from Alibaba, and throw it up on eBay. Yay! More Chinese merchandise to compete with!!

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by: Quiet! Listen...

Thu Jun 24 13:19:36 2010

Hear that sound? It's the sound of 80,000 Vendio users running to find other listing alternatives...

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by: sweet dude

Thu Jun 24 13:24:42 2010

why would anyone leave? im hoping I can get a few of the things ive been wanting for a while, now that they should have so many more resources to build stuff.

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by: The Whine Seller
Web Site

Thu Jun 24 13:32:08 2010

I never understand why people automatically freak out at the first announcement of change. Let's at least see what the new parent company does with things first before we freak out.

They may improve everything drastically for all we know!

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by: Silicon Val

Thu Jun 24 13:44:20 2010

It's been known around here for a while that Rodrigo was shopping Vendio around. Not a surprise that they were acquired. I hope Alibaba did their due diligence on who owns the patents on some of the tools Vendio offers. :-)

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by: Online Seller

Thu Jun 24 17:24:24 2010

I don't understand why people are so up in arms about "oh more merchandise from China" to "compete" with as if US sellers aren't the largest base for Chinese wholesale.  Unless eBay or any other marketplace is making a big push for Made in USA only products...Asia is pretty much the place to source.  I'm also not sure why sellers would flee either.  I plan to stick around and see how changes will affect sellers.

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by: Patricia This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jun 24 18:14:26 2010

I think we'd best try to cope with and work with the chinese - they will dominate online sales very soon.

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by: Wake-Up!

Thu Jun 24 23:03:33 2010

Open your eyes already! Corporate American (who controls our government and Wall Street) has sold us out - PERIOD! It's that's simple.

American sellers CANNOT compete directly with China considering we do not manufacture anything in this country anymore.

eBay and WalMart are the Chinese conduits of the world. Putting every small shop owner and every online seller out of business as soon as they build another brick and mortar or online shop.

Pretty soon we'll be behind the sewing machines making $1.29 a day.

WAKE UP and smell the coffee - I hear it's coming from overseas these days...

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by: Troglodyte

Fri Jun 25 00:41:17 2010

Ebay and Communist China have much in common philosophically.

Both ignore the rule of law.

Both knowingly and intentionally nurture and market illegal counterfeit merchandise.

Both are run by dictators.

Both manipulate currency -- their and other people's -- for their own benefit with absolutely no concern for anyone who might be damaged.

China treats its workers like crap, and ebay treats it sellers like crap.

Patricia, is this really what you want to get along with?

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by: Wrong Patricia

Fri Jun 25 06:05:56 2010

Best to leave corrupt ebay and its chinese enamblers NOW! Last one out is a rotten egg drop soup.

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by: Digby
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Fri Jun 25 14:43:06 2010

Yes I always laugh when I read people on the ebay forums complaining about too much carp from China.

Don't they realise or appreciate that not much is made in the west now, so everything that is brand new comes mainly from China.

So all that can be listed from the west is antiques, collectibles, second hand clothing and cleanout  stuff.

A sorry state of affairs really. That's where all of our jobs have gone.

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by: Wake-Up!

Sat Jun 26 00:32:49 2010

P.S.

DON''T BUY ANY AMERICAN FLAGS UNLESS THEY ARE MADE IN U.S.A.!

I emailed a company that eBay gave ''top exposure'' to as part of there ''Daily Deal'' and inquired as to to the origin of the American Flags they were offering.

They replied that the American Flags they were selling were manufactured in Taiwan. Breaks your heart doesn't it? Our forefathers are rolling over in there graves, not to mention all the men and women that have given there lives for wars brought about by corporation and their greedy agenda for never-ending wealth, power and control.

Without question there should be a law against outsourcing our American Flag!

But then again... if corporation can profit from selling us out... why not aye?

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by: Dealio.com
Web Site

Sun Jun 27 10:36:27 2010

Being a part of Vendio, I am very happy for this new acquisition. Looking forward to some very exciting changes in the future. Let me mention also that Alibaba has a coupon offering $100 in free stuff. It's available at Dealio Blog. Just click on my name for more information.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Bob

Mon Jun 28 11:22:00 2010

Vendio blows...

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by: Wake-Up!

Mon Jun 28 21:55:43 2010

****** Anybody interested in the Web Of Trust (WOT) reputation of DEALIO and/or VENDIO feel free to click below ******:

http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/dealio.com

htt
p://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/vendio.com

REAL
People = REAL Opinions

So much for that little plug Mr.Dealio :)

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by: Ebay No More This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 1 12:37:04 2010

It's a deal made in heaven. Alibaba and their forty million thieves now have a company to list all that cheap chinese junk on Ebay and from ''free'' Vendio webstores. Soon we will all start checking the bottom of the home page of websites to make sure it doesn't say ''powered by Vendio'' before purchasing something on that website.

Don't worry ''Wake-up'' I too think it's disrespectful to buy an American flag made in a foreign company. This is the second year in a row Ebay has allowed cheap foreign USA flags to be sold on their Daily Deal. It's noticed, it's made me unhappy and I have withheld other purchases to punish Ebay for this stupidity.

Alibaba.com Acquires eBay Service Provider Vendio   Alibaba.com Acquires eBay Service Provider Vendio

by: Aurelia

Wed Jul 7 12:25:26 2010

Wow  Alibaba  just keep growing and growing. They've just launched a new UK site on top of all this aswell.



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